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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The Ideal Anglican Bishop

As explained by Sir Humphrey Appleby in Yes, Prime Minister: the best candidate is a "modernist," i.e. an atheist without saying so (he would lose his stipend). No doubt the same good counsel applies to the Episcopal Church on this side.

The late Nigel Hawthorne was one of my favorite actors of all time. It's hard to believe it was the same man who played such disparate roles as Sir Humphrey, Archdeacon Grantly in the Barchester Chronicles, Georgie Pillson in Map and Lucia and, most movingly for me, C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands on Broadway, of which I was fortunate enough to catch the closing performance in 1991.

(H/t Fr. Rutler)


Robbo said...

Don't forget The Madness of King George. One of my favorites, especially since it portrays Charles James Fox as the rat-bastard Jacobin opportunist that he was.

Christopher uhl said...

He's such a good actor, that I didn't even realize that Archdeacon Grantly and Georgie Pillson were played by the same man. Perhaps that reveals a deficit of perception on my part, unfortunately. And I've seen both productions repeatedly over the years. Nevertheless, I was so taken in by the portrayals that thoughts of the actor didn't occur to me. Brilliant.